Florida teen commits suicide online

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by flutterbee, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. flutterbee

    flutterbee Guest

    I am not posting the link because the video connected with the link actually shows part of the online footage and acts shocked that these kinds of things take place. What is wrong with them???

  2. meowbunny

    meowbunny New Member

    I hope this doesn't sound too callous but I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. For some, suicide is a very private act. For others, the more people involved, the better.

    What is sickening is that people watched this for 12 hours and waited until it was too late to do anything about it before contacting anyone. I do understand not believing it at first but surely it was obvious long before he died that he needed help.

    I am not going to blame a website for this. There are too many places he could have done the same thing and done it in a very public manner. The internet just makes the "public" worldwide rather than those in close proximity.

    My heart goes out to his family. Suicide is tragic enough without knowing that people could have stopped it.
  3. mrscatinthehat

    mrscatinthehat Seussical

    My heart too goes out to this kids family. How sad.

  4. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    Very very sad. Unfortunately, there are a LOT of sites where things like this could and are sent out onto the internet. From there, it is almost impossible to control who sees it.

    I hate to imagine ANYONE in my family seeing this, or being in a family where a loved one died in such a way.

    My sincere condolences to the family. NO ONE deserves to lose a loved one this way.
  5. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    I saw this earlier today (the article- not the video) and I found it very disturbing. Imagine that family having to also deal with this being on the web and just being "out there" forever....and it not being stopped.
  6. Abbey

    Abbey Spork Queen

    How sad. That's about all I can say.


  7. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

    How awful...
  8. Nomad

    Nomad Guest

    Was this person encouraged to commit suicide? This is what I want to know.
  9. ctmom05

    ctmom05 Member

    My condolences to the family of young Mr. Abraham Biggs - may he RIP.

    I think the video clip has been made unavailable, which is as it should be.

    Taking a closer look at mental health assessment and treatment - for the young and old alike is a task way past due.
  10. Steely

    Steely Active Member

    This story physically made me sick. :sick:(I guess especially given my son's suicidal tendencies as of late.)

    The part that made me really, really sick is not that is was done online so much as that people watched this kid do it, egged him on to "take more pills", debated on whether he had the right amount of pills, and continued to just watch and blog as the video showed him in bed sleeping and then dying a couple of hours later. One blogger even commented, "well he is still breathing, whatever."

    The kid was bi-polar and OD on his own medications.

    in my opinion the people who blogged and egged him on, should be held legally responsible for contributing to his death.
    Geesh this really, really makes me mad.:mad:
  11. Nomad

    Nomad Guest

    This infuriates me.:angry-very:
    What is WRONG with people today...old and young alike?
    This past summer, our difficult child was depressed.
    A "friend" encouraged her to kill herself and sent text messages detailing on how to do it.
    difficult child ended up in a treatment facility. The girl's mother called the police...but of course, did not elaborate on the details of what pushed difficult child into the deep despair.
    Again, what in the world is wrong with people?
    It is sickening.:angry-very:
    Prayers for this family. It is horrid.
    I wonder if some realization will come to the people who watched and did nothing or worse...encouraged the behavior. One can only hope...but I think it is really not very likely. It is just horrid.:angry-very::sad-very:
  12. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    Very sad for the family...my heart goes out to them.

    I imagine that no one watching reacted because 1) they didn't believe it was real, or 2) they didn't want to accept any responsibility for anything that happened.

    How many times are calls not made when people KNOW the woman next door is being beaten? As a society, I think we are losing our ability to care for and about each other.
  13. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    The headline made me so sick, I didn't even read the story. I was afraid I'd see the video.
    Poor kid.
    What an awful ordeal for the family, too.
    Nomad, I cannot imagine ... that sounds a lot like that mom whose trial is going to jury today. On top of your dealing with-your daughter's depression, you're dealing with-anger toward an antagonist. It makes me furious just to hear about it!
    I cannot imagine ... Sigh.
  14. Star*

    Star* call 911........call 911

    WHAT WILL it take for our government to take a stand and start listening to us?
    Apparently not this - and that? Is very very disturbing.